ARRL LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019
I am hoping that each of you had a Safe and Happy beginning to the New
I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2019.
I am beginning 2019 with 2 Book Giveaway’s; one for individual ARRL
members and the second for ARRL Affiliated Active Clubs. I have gone
Facebook “Live” and posted not only on Facebook but also my Section
Manager’s email and ARES Google groups email about it. I will be
giving away ARRL publications on the 1st of each month. I am
automatically entering ALL ACTIVE CLUBS and have received many entries
from individual members. Once you enter by sending me your call sign
you will be entered all year. I will go Facebook “Live” at noon on
the 1st of each month and then make the appropriate posts to notify
everyone who won for that month. So if you have not sent me your call
sign and wish to enter please email me at K5JMR@ARRL.ORG, text me at
318-572-7917 or send me a Facebook message or respond to one of my posts
on the LA Section page or LA ARES page. If your club is not currently
active; please go to ARRL.ORG and update your club’s profile and I
will add your club to the monthly drawing.
The Hammond Hamfest just concluded and we had a wonderful time attending
as always. It was very well attended and the ARRL forums were also.
Thanks to SELARC for all you do!!!
We revealed our 2018 LA Section Amateur of the Year at the hamfest and
the award goes to……..
JIM RAGSDALE, W5LA of West Monroe. Jim was unable to attend but we will
meet with him in early February at his local club meeting and get his
award to him. We had several very worthy nominations and I thank those
who submitted them all….Again, Congratulations to our winner…Jim
CHARLES P. WINDER, JR K5FNN
Report for 2019-01-04
John C Corlis, KI5CTG
Michael J Sax, KI5CTM
David P Arceneaux, KI5CTE
Mabel D Fisher, KI5CTI
Jeffrey A Willis, KI5CTP
Levi A Calvert, KI5CTF
Ludvig S Natell, KI5CNE
James M Tully, KI5CTO
Chelsea Edwards, KI5CTH
Anthony Rosal, KI5CTL
Natalie C Morvant, KI5CTQ
David W Frederick, KI5CTJ
Earl L Galle, KI5CTK
Brandon A Sanders, KI5CNC
Daniel W Schmolke, KI5CTN
Paul E Mobley, KI5CLZ
Shannon R Benedict, KI5CRZ
Carol L Venable, KI5CSA
Douglas Bain, KI5CRY
John C Bailes, KI5CRX
Gary K Kaufman, KI5CQZ
Kevin C Kimray, KI5CSS
NEW ARRL MEMBERS
Report for 2019-01-04
Brandon A Sanders, KI5CNC
Charles M Morgan, AA5SH
Nathan J Daigrepont, KF5HXB
Doran L Bullock, KF5ZKG
David C Jacobson, KB5VUR
Cory R Rogers, KG5QCU
Bobby L Brownlee, WB5OSD
David E Fogleman, AE5UW
Douglas Bain, KI5CRY
Paul D Wiedemeier, KE5LKY
Glen E Deas, K5GED
Glenn R Guillory, AA5NM
Thomas J Bird, WJ5Y
FROM THE ARRL
FCC Outlines Impact on its Operations of Potential Funding Lapse
The FCC said in a January 2 Public Notice that in the event of a
continued partial lapse in federal government funding, it will suspend
“most operations” at mid-day on Thursday, January 3. Some systems
that have gone dark in prior government shutdowns will remain
operational this time, however. That includes the FCC website, although
it will not be updated except for matters related to spectrum auction
activities and those necessary for the protection of life and property.
until normal operations resume. The FCC Daily Digest will continue to
The Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the Universal Licensing
System (ULS), the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS), and the
Commission Online Registration System (CORES) will remain available, but
no support will be provided except that necessary for spectrum auction
activity. Processing of Amateur Radio applications will come to a halt,
however, said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Assistant
Manager Amanda Grimaldi, N1NHL.
Also down will be the Consumer Complaint Center and the Experimental
Licensing System, among several others
Still available will be the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), the
Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS), the Public Safety Support
Center (PSSC), the Licensing Management System (LMS), the Consolidated
Database System (CDBS), the Auctions Public Reporting System (PRS), the
Auction Application System, and the Auction Bidding System.
“All other Commission electronic filing and database systems will be
unavailable to the public until normal agency operations resume,” the
Third Wednesday Monthly Communications Exercises Set
FEMA Region 10 will conduct monthly communications exercises (COMMEX) on
the third Wednesday of each month, starting on January 16, 1730 – 1900
UTC. Amateur Radio operators are invited to take part. The intent of
these exercises is to test and exercise interoperable communication
(federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) during a major disaster in
which the communication infrastructure is significantly damaged or
FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other stations associated
with agencies and organizations that provide response support in
accordance with the National Response Framework are encouraged to
The COMMEX will use these “dial” or “window” frequencies on 60
meters — including 5,330.5 kHz, 5,346.5 kHz, 5,357.0 kHz, 5,371.5 kHz,
and 5,403.5 kHz — as part of the exercise. The area of operation is
the continental US.
FCC Reaches $900,000 Settlement in Unauthorized Satellite Launch Case
The FCC has settled an investigation into an alleged unauthorized launch
and operation of small satellites by Swarm Technologies. The company
agreed to a Consent Decree that included a $900,000 penalty, an extended
period of FCC oversight, and a requirement of pre-launch notices to the
FCC, among other stipulations.
“We will aggressively enforce the FCC’s requirements that companies
seek FCC authorization prior to deploying and operating communications
satellites and earth stations,” FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary
Harold said. “These important obligations protect other operators
against radio interference and collisions, making space a safer place to
In April 2017, Swarm applied for an Experimental license to deploy and
operate two Earth stations and four tiny 0.25 U CubeSats called
SpaceBEEs. The FCC denied Swarm’s application in December 2017 over
concerns about the ability to track the satellites. Swarm nevertheless
launched the satellites on January 12, 2018, on a vehicle that also
carried an Amateur Radio satellite into space. After reports of the
unauthorized SpaceBEEs launch surfaced, the FCC launched an
investigation last March.
The FCC determined that Swarm had launched the four SpaceBEEs from India
and had unlawfully transmitted signals between Earth stations in Georgia
and the satellites for more than a week. In addition, the FCC discovered
that Swarm had also performed unauthorized weather balloon-to-ground
station tests and other unauthorized equipment tests prior to the
launch. All these activities required FCC authorization.
The December resolution requires Swarm to pay a penalty $900,000 to the
US Treasury and to submit pre-launch reports to the FCC for the next 3
years. The FCC said Swarm has committed to a strict compliance plan to
prevent future FCC rule violations.
The FCC issued an Enforcement Advisory last April to remind satellite
operators that they must obtain FCC authorization for space station and
Earth station operations. The advisory cautioned satellite operators and
launch companies against proceeding with launch arrangements following a
license denial or prior to receiving an FCC authorization.
WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee Unveils New Website, Initial
The World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) Organizing
Committee has debuted its official website as well as the Initial
Qualification Rules — already under debate — to be selected as a
WRTC 2022 team leader. While 2022 may seem a long way off, the
qualifying events — 24 in all — take place between February 2019 and
November 2020. Each qualifying event has a point value that’s used in
calculating qualifying scores, and each entry category has been assigned
a weighting factor.
“Please don’t think that WRTC is only for Top Guns,” the
announcement said. “You might have a chance.” According to the
announcement, WRTC 2022 Selection Areas are much smaller, so that
operators on all continents will have more chances to qualify. Team
leaders, once established, will select a team member from among the top
applicants who did not qualify as team leaders. “WRTC 2022 is now for
everybody. The only things that you will need are commitment,
motivation, and skill!” the announcement said.
An email reflector has been set up to field “suggestions, corrections,
and new ideas” on the Initial Qualification Rules, and the Final
Qualification Rules will be published on January 31.
The first qualifying event is the ARRL International DX Contest CW. WRTC
2022 will be held in Bologna, Italy
January 31 is the Deadline to Submit ARRL Foundation Scholarship
The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program will accept applications from
eligible applicants until January 31, 2019. All applicants must be
FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific
requirements, such as intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section or
state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and
check off the ones for which they are eligible.
More information is on the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page.
This year, the Foundation Board of Directors is offering several new
scholarships. These include The Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C.
Miller STEM Scholarship, The East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS)
Scholarship, The Palomar Amateur Radio Club Scholarship, and The Dick
Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship.
11-15 School Club Roundup
16-17 International DX – CW
2-3 International DX– Phone
14 Rookie Roundup – Phone
December LA Section Report
Total members: 353
Active nets: 35 w/NTS Liaison: 1
#Exercises/Training: 24 for 169 hours
#Public Service Events: 1 for 12 hours
#Emergency Events: 0
#Skywarn Events: 2 for 33 hours
Total: 27 Events for 214 hours
Submitted by Jim Coleman AI5B
LA Section Emergency Coordinator
Remember to sign up for ARES CONNECT at:
Please welcome and congratulate our new ARES ASEC who will be in charge
of “ALL – THINGS” ARES CONNECT…Corey McCrary W5MMC. Corey will
manage LA Section ARES CONNECT and be our Section Liaison to HQ.
Please congratulate longtime ARES member Ed Mason KE5GMN who was
appointed to replacing the retiring Bob Priez as Region 9 DEC. Ed was
ADEC for Bob and will make an awesome DEC. We honored Bob at the recent
Hammond Hamfest for his long time service.
Also new appointment Thomas Bird WJ5Y EC for Sabine Parish. Thomas
replaces Cecil Harper who passed away not too long ago.
AROUND THE STATE:
BATON ROUGE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
RF News JANUARY 2019
The 2019 Oicers and three new directors were
elected at the November club meeting. They
were installed at the December banquet.
BRARC monthly Board meetings are held at
6:30 PM on the first Tuesday of each month.
There is a new location for the Board meetings.
All Board meetings will be held at the Fairwood
Branch Library at 12910 Old Hammond Hwy,
Baton Rouge, La 70816. All club members are
welcome to attend Board meetings
Annual Club Dues are DUE!
Checks, cash or credit cards are accepted at any club meeting.
NEW OPTION! Pay online at brarc.org
CLUB MEETINGS/VE SESSION
JANUARY 29, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, MAIN LIBRARY (GOODWOOD BLVD)
6 PM VE TESTING SESSION (ARRIVE BY 5:45 PM)
7 PM CLUB MEETING: DX SUPER STATION (K3LR)
FEBRUARY 5, 2019 – BRARC BOARD MEETING, FAIRWOOD LIBRARY
FEBRUARY 26, 2019 – CLUB MEETING, BLUEBONNET LIBRARY
BRARC PUBLIC SERVICE NET – SUNDAY 8:30 PM 146.790 (PL TONE 107.2)
ARES NET – SUNDAY 8 PM 146.790 (PL TONE 107.2)
10 M NET – MONDAY 7:30 PM 28.450 MHZ USB
STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT
By Dana Browne, AD5VC
It’s quite dierent from many on-air activities. Put down the
microphone, set aside the electronic keyer, and unplug the digital
sound card. Forget canned high speed exchanges of a perfect signal
report and little more. Instead, plug in a manual CW key and have a
chat on the air. Get to know one of the thousands of hams who share
your love of radio. Straight Key Night (SKN), which runs from 0000-
2359 UTC on Jan 1, harkens back to the most basic of radio: turn the
transmitter on and o with a key, and decode the transmitted dits
and dahs with your head. The equipment isn’t fancy; many hams will
dust o vintage gear for the event.
I nervously approached my first SKN in January 2006 with
a license just two months old. I could count my CW contacts on one
hand. I mean really nervous – I would end up sweating heavily if the
code speed crept much above 5 wpm. AGN? and QRS were constant
parts of my on-air vocabulary. I really worried at that time that every
operator would send blistering CW at me that would dissolve into
a continuous indecipherable burp of Morse. I learned that SKN is
very laid back. In reality, few hams can converse readily in CW above
20 wpm. Yes, we can handle canned exchanges like “599 K” at high
speed, but holding a rambling open-ended conversation with whole
words and sentences usually means the speed drops to well below
20 wpm. If you are using a manual key, it’s simple to match the
speed of the other station. That first SKN, I sent at 5 wpm, had a QSO
for more than an hour and 10 minutes, one of thirty minutes, and
three that were 15 minutes long.
Thirteen years later, I am looking forward to SKN. My station
this year was a FT-857D at 70w and a 100 foot sloping center-fed
antenna. I used two dierent straight keys during the event. To
provide some strain relief, I switched to a side-swiper for one QSO,
and a bug for another. I currently can send continually at 15 wpm on
a straight key, so this is going to be just right for talking.
My first contact was Pat in TX on 40m, calling slowly at 6-7
wpm. I would be surprised if he has completed more than a handful
of CW QSOs. Over 15 minutes, we exchange RST, our towns, our
names. He also sends me a SKCC number, and I send him mine.
SKCC is the Straight Key Century Club. It was founded in 2007 aer
SKN to continue the activity of manually generated CW during
the year. As a new CW op, I used SKCC contacts to build my skill in
sending and receiving. I enjoy giving newcomers a helping hand.
From his number, I can tell he has been a member for maybe a
month or two. Aer this basic exchange, he does not reply to a
request about what rig he is using. If he is anything like I was then,
he has probably had enough decoding.
The next station I hear calling is Tom in NE. He sends slowly
and cleanly. In 10 minutes and 3 exchanges I learn the weather
in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also sounds like he is coming back to
CW aer a long absence, so I don’t press him to hold an extended
Then I have a chat with Andy in OH, who is using FLEX 6500
with a straight key, an interesting mix of the very new and very old.
The weather sounds cold and miserable there: cloudy, windy and
about 32F. He tries to tell me about his vertical antenna and his rig,
but the QSB wipes out most of the exchanges, so we give up about
aer 10 minutes.
My first extended chat of the night comes at 0550 with
Joe in Ocala, FL on 40m. Joe is using a cold war spy radio with a
built in key. I can hear a slight chirp on his signal. I would guess we
conversed at 10-12 wpm, since it wasn’t easy for him to use the
in key. His spy radio will tune from 3 mc to 22 mc (that’s megacycles
per second, not MHz, which shows the age of the rig). His transmitter
is rockbound with 2 W output. I learn he likes building kits and
vintage rigs. I tell him about the 80m Cricket that the LSU and Baton
Rouge clubs built. He says he has built crystal controlled kits, but his
next kit will be one with a VFO because he thinks it’s more fun to
Aer about 35 minutes, he is starting to have trouble with the built-
in Morse key, and he admits he isn’t used to staying up so late, so we
call it quits.
When I get up New Year’s Day, I test out 20m. At 1900 I chat
with James who lives near Rochester NY. It is nearly freezing where
he is, and he is using a vertical with radials. Since I have a really
589 signal from him, we talk about how many radials he uses (3 per
band) on his 8 band vertical. I think I understand why the vertical I
used to use with 3 radials stuck in the cracks in my backyard patio
never worked that well. Aer 30 minutes we sign.
Next is Rex in Yerington, NV. Yes, I really did copy the QTH
on the air. He was licensed in Jan 2017. His CW is slow (14 wpm) but
very clean and easy to copy. He has some trouble copying me with
QSB, so the QSO doesn’t last beyond 3 exchanges.
As soon as he stops at 2000Z, I get a call from Eric in Valley
Center, KS. His weather is cold (20F) so he wishes he had our 70F.
He is using a Kent straight key. He is using a TS-140S to an end-fed
wire. He works at the KAKE TV station in Wichita. He is also a SKCC
member, so I exchange numbers with him. We talk about the month-
long K3Y event in January that the SKCC holds, where various
members put a 1×1 call (K3Y) on the air from all ten call areas. If you
work all the 10 call areas, you can print yourself a niy certificate.
There are also DX stations who participate, from France to Australia.
Aer about 45 minutes, we say goodbye.
The last contact is from Al in Dothan, Al. His weather is
warm like ours. I mention that the town’s name is familiar to me
and I learn that it is on the road we take when we go to the Alabama
Gulf Shore. He is using a Elecra KX2 at 10W to an end-fed wire. I ask
him how he likes the KX2, and tell him about the Elecra KX3 that I
have. Aer about 25 minutes, it is time for me to stop for New
So that was it. I had interesting conversations with
strangers who share my fondness for amateur radio. It is a distinct
operating event from November Sweepstakes or Field Day, and
shows how broad the opportunities are in amateur radio. I’ll look
forward to doing it again next year.
Have you learned Morse code and still haven’t gotten on the air?
Do you freeze up when someone answers your CQ? Are you so
slow that you’re too self-conscious to try? Then we have good
news for you!!
Calling all CW wanna-be’s!! We are beginning a new activity – on
the air one-on-one slow code for those that have learned all the
letters and numbers, but don’t know what to do next. We will pair
up and agree to get together on the air at least once per week.
More oen is great! Every week, we’ll swap and get a new partner.
To participate you simply need to know all of your letters and numbers.
We even have a ‘cheat sheet’ with
the script to get you started with your first QSOs. Speed isn’t
important! Accuracy is everything.
So if you can copy and send at any speed, get your name on the list at
the next meeting. We will get
you through your first few contacts, and you’ll soon be exchanging
SKCC numbers, chasing DX, and working
towards your CW WAS!
For more information, contact Jerry, AG5AY at 225-276-0721
The term “Elmer” was inspired by a ham radio operator named Elmer P.
“Bud” Frohardt Jr, W9DY. In
a 1971 column in QST, Rod Newkirk, W9BRD, wrote about how Bud took the
time to help and mentor
new Amateur Radio licensees. He wrote, “We need those Elmers. All
the Elmers, including the ham
who took the most time and trouble to give you a push toward your
license, are the birds who keep
this great game young and fresh.” Because of the time he invested
into new operators, Bud was able
to interest many people in “science, radio, DX, CW and electronics.”
The BRARC has some members that are available for mentoring and
answering questions from new
hams, or anyone who may need some additional information.
Buddy Brown, N5BUD Paul Catrou, WA4MXT
No need to be shy when you need help. Along with these Elmers, the
BRARC has a wealth of
experienced operators who will help – all you have to do is ask. To
help with this, simply email your
questions to xxxxxxxxxxxxx.
For those of you with all of that experience, share it with others.
Encourage our new members with
Meet Mike, N5MT. Mike Davidson, was recently recognized as the Top Op
Ten-Ten International. This award is based upon the number of times a
member’s call appears on new 10-10 member applications. Mike is active
Ten-Ten International. He writes the DX column for the organization’s
newsletter, Ten-Ten International News. He is also their countries
manager. Mike can oen be heard on the local 10 meter nets listed
The Ten-Ten International Net, Inc. was formed back in 1962 as the
of Southern California. Its purpose was to promote activity and good
practice on the 10 meter amateur band. The original group of operators
to meet every day of the week except Sunday at 10:00am local time. “See
on Ten at Ten” quickly became the 10-10 Net.
To become a member of the Ten-Ten International Net, it is required that
contact 10 10-10 members (on 10 meters) and list them on the
application. As a
new member, you are assigned a unique “10-10 Number” which is retained
life. You can then exchange it with other 10-10 members. There are
awards for collecting 10-10 numbers. The organization has grown and now
75,000 10-10 numbers have been issued world-wide.
“Ten-Ten International Net, Inc. is an organization dedicated to
encouraging, and promoting amateur radio activity on the 10 Meter
band, using all lawful modes of operation and embracing new
Our aim is to assist in the growth of amateur radio around the world, to
new members, and enhance fellowship among radio amateurs.
Local 10 meter nets
Baton Rouge Monday Night Net
Mondays at 7:30 PM on 28.450 MHz
Louisiana Pelican 10-10 Net
Saturdays at 10:10 AM on 28.450 MHz
This month’s contributor: Brynn Hebert, KG5KRV
I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio
Club. It has provided me with so many opportunities I never would have
been exposed to without it. I have completed many community service
activities with the club, including manning the Morse Code community
outreach table. Not only has my involvement with the BRARC given me
service opportunities, I’m becoming closer to being fluent in another
language almost absentmindedly. While I am operating the station and
helping people send their name in Morse Code, I am so immersed in the
activity that I don’t realize all that I am learning. Since we’ve
started helping with these stations at community events, I’ve noticed
that I can easily identify some Morse Code. When I got licensed 3 years
ago, I never would’ve believed you if you told me I would be able to
decode those dahs and dits.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me to learn so many new things
through the Baton Rouge
Amateur Radio Club!
Please join me in giving a big THANKS to Jen, K5NMT, for all of the work
she has done as Editor of the RF News for the past two years. When I
heard that she was taking a break from the job, I thought I might give
it a try. Having some experience with editing and formatting, I thought
it might be fun. I realize it looks dierent than past issues, but it
is my hope that you continue to enjoy reading it. I also hope that you
feel encouraged and welcome to contribute to it. Please send articles
and tidbits that you would like shared with the membership. Let me know
of topics that you would like to see covered. Together we can continue
to make this newsletter outstanding.
Radio provides our family with opportunities to meet new people, help
educate our community, as well as communicate clearly. We have seen
growth in our abilities to hold conversations with new people, as well
as on the radio. We’ve still got some room for growth, so we appreciate
any encouragement or conversations you have with us.
We look forward to a great year in 2019! I am looking forward to
hearing from you with thoughts and ideas this year!
BRARC has a healthy mix of license classes. Let’s keep encouraging
our Technician and General class licensees to keep studying and striving
for the next class. You will see that there is a large
disparity in gender. Appears to be a hobby that attracts the gentlemen;
however, we’ve seen a few more ladies attending in recent years.Also,
if you know anyone (male OR female) interested in learning more about
our hobby and is interested in getting a Technician license, please let
them know about our upcoming Technician class. The next class will
begin in March 7 and last for 8 weeks, concluding with a VE session on
For more information, consult http://
AMSAT has announced its 50th Anniversary Awards Program, to help
celebrate 50 years of keeping Amateur Radio in space. Satellite and HF
contacts can help participants to earn one of these awards:
50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award
The 50th anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
Award will be issued on one of the original goldenrod paper stock
certificates and signed by AMSAT’s founding President, Perry Klein, W3PK
(ex-K3TJE). “With only 20 original certificates available, this award
will certainly become a collector’s item,” AMSAT said. Awards cost
$25, plus postage. Certificates will be sequentially numbered.
To receive the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award,
work 50 stations on any satellite — with a limit of one contact per
day — during 2019. Contacts may be made from various locations, as
long as the operator uses his or her personal call sign (with any
appropriate locators). This award is $15, plus postage. To achieve the
AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award, work at least one AMSAT member on
any HF band in any mode. Additional award levels are based on the number
of AMSAT members you contact on the HF bands.
Complete details are on the AMSAT website.
The Official Journal of the Ascension Amateur Radio Club
In Case You Missed It We did not hold a business meeting in December but
over some good food we did discuss several things. We will operate
Winter Field Day as a club from the 5th District Fire Station on Roddy
Road (where we keep the trailer). Since we do not have a vehicle to tow
it, this makes sense. We will put the trailer through a full exercise to
work the bugs out. We have filed the paperwork for our 501c3 status as a
club. It will take several months to get final approval but our
application has been accepted by the IRS before the shutdown and unless
we hear otherwise we are now a 501c3 organization! Ascension Office of
Homeland Security and Emergency is still working on the grant and will
hopefully have news by meeting time. AARC will have a table at the
Hammond Hamfest. Stop by and visit with us! David is working on an
Echolink node for the 225 machine and just got in RigBlaster interface.
He is planning on having it running before the meeting.
From The President
It’s the beginning of a new year. We usually think ahead to what we want
to do. Will 2019 be the year we upgrade our license? Or learn a new
mode? Will we save our pennies for a new radio, antenna or other item
for our radio shack? Will we mentor a new ham? Or make time to attend
meetings and events? Or have we done all that and this year will be the
year to just relax and enjoy what we have worked hard to achieve? I know
I have several items on my list to cross off. I started off this year by
putting up a new 80 meter dipole antenna. Next will be getting a new
VHF/UHF radio for my desk and putting up a better antenna and pole for
it. I am looking forward to the next few months and everything the club
has planned. We have come a long way in the past year and I can’t wait
to see where we are in another 12 months. We are starting off the new
calendar with our monthly meeting at the Ascension EOC. It will be the
beginning of our new “let’s have more fun” meeting concept. We are going
to spend less time conducting official business and more time on
programs and discussions. But there is a bit of business to get out of
the way. We have to nominate and elect officers for the new year. We
will plan our trip to the Hammond Hamfest where we will staff a table
and let others know about our great club. And we will go over a few
details relating to our Winter Field Day operations which will be a good
shakedown of our EmCom trailer and an Ascension Amateur Radio Club PO
Box 1617 Gonzales, LA 70707-1617 Steve Raacke KC5SAS President David
LeBlanc N5LEB Vice President Elmer Tatum N5EKF Secretary/Treasurer
ASCENSION AIRWAVES The Official Journal of the Ascension Amateur Radio
Club The opportunity for everyone to work some different bands. In
coming months we will have more guest speakers and presentations, some
purely social “coffee/breakfast” meetups and possibly Special Event
stations added to the calendar. Keep an eye on our usual social media
sites and newsletter as well as our new and improved website at
k5arc.org for any updates and announcements. And remember to get your
dues in. You can pay online via the website or at the meetings. Your
dues help with such things as paying the fees to incorporate and get our
501c3. We appreciate all of the support we receive from our members and
look forward to doing much more for you. Happy 2019 and 73, Steve
Local Club News & Events Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Jan 29 Regular
club meeting Goodwood Library 19:00 hrs. LOHSEP (Livingston Office of
Homeland Emergency Preparedness Amateur Radio Meets 3rd Thursdays of
month at OMV in Livingston at 18:30 local Acadiana Amateur Radio Club
The club has general meetings on the first (1st) Thursday of every month
@ 19:00 at the Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St. MissLou Club
meetings are the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at Kelly Farms at
2148 Highway 958 in Slaughter SELARC (Southeast Louisiana ARC- Hammond)
Meets Tuesday 8 Jan at the Ponchatoula Civic Center at 19:00 hrs talk-in
147.00- (107.2 pl) Bayou Region Amateur Radio Society (Thibodaux) Board
of Directors will meet Jan 12 at Terrebonne Parish Library in Gray at
13:00 hrs. Follow them on their websitewww.w5yl.org or newsletter at
https://w5yl.blogspot.com BEARS Morgan City Meets 2nd Wednesdays 18:00
hrs. at the Club radio room in downtown Morgan City. Talk in on 146.91-
BEARS will be doing a special events station for the Eagle Expo in
Morgan City in late February. Stay tuned for details in our next
LWARN Linked Repeaters Livingston- 444.350 + pl 136.5 West Feliciana-
443.625 + pl 156.7 Greensburg- 442.275 + pl 156.7 Washington Parish-
442.425 + pl 156.7 EBR (Central)- 442.400 + pl 156.7 St Tammany Parish
443.425 + pl 156.7 These repeaters are part of the Governor’s Office
of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP). Amateur
operators are welcome to use them
ACTIVE LOCAL REPEATERS Ascension 147.225+ (107.2 pl) Gonzales 146.985-
(107.2 pl) Convent/Sunshine Bridge 145.310- (107.2 pl) Port Vincent
28.211 (CW) K5ARC 10m beacon Livingston 147.165+ (107.2) LOHSEP 145.23-
(107.2) Fusion, Wires-X, DWARN 442.350+ (107.2) LOHSEP EBR 145.49-
Fusion/Wires-X, DWARN 146.88 D-Star (no reflector) 146.79- (107.2)
FM/C4FM 443.100+ (107.2 pl) 443.375+ Fusion/ Wires-X/DWARN Felicianas
53.83 (-1 MHz 107.2 pl) FM 146.835- (114.8 pl) FM, Echolink 443.850 (+5
MHz 107.2 pl) FM Lafourche/Terrebonne 147.30+ (114.8 pl) Fusion/FM Gray,
LA 147.39+ (114.8 pl)
Local Nets Sundays Post Office Net 3.905 MHz LSB 07:00 local ARES State
Wide 3.878 MHz LSB 19:00 local ARES Region 2 Net 146.79- 20:00 local
BRARC Club Net 146.79- 20:30 local
Mondays 10M Net 28.450 MHz USB 19:30 local Bayou Region Net 147.39+
Tuesdays LOHSEP ARC 147.165+ 19:30 local
Wednesdays MissLou 146.835- 20:00 local (EchoLink KD5UZA-R) SELSA Net
146.52 21:00 local Thursdays Livingston ARC 146.73- 19:00 hrs BEARS
Morgan City 146.91- 19:30 local (Echolink W5BMC-R) K5ARC Informal Net
147.225+ 20:00 hrs. local
Louisiana Section ARES Leaders and Coaches As your ARES members register
themselves in the new ARES CONNECT database, you may be asked questions.
Here are a few FAQs and the suggested answers that may be helpful. ·
QUESTION : What is ARES Connect? o ANSWER: “ARES Connect is a
volunteer management system that covers event signup, reporting, and
roster management,” ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey,
KI1U, said. · QUESTION : I’m already registered as an ARES member
through the Louisiana Section webpage. Do I need to register again? o
ANSWER: Yes. The Louisiana database is being phased out. The ARES
CONNECT database will supersede and replace the Louisiana database. ·
QUESTION : How do I register in ARES Connect? • ANSWER: Please go to
the following link and create your account,
https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/la · QUESTION : When I registered in
ARES CONNECT my Region and/or Parish was not listed. What should I do? o
ANSWER: This information is being inputted into the system by Ken
Bailey, Emergency Preparedness Assistant at the ARRL in Newington.
Recheck your data in a few weeks for updated information. · QUESTION :
To assist my ARES members should I as a DEC or EC register for them? o
ANSWER: Basic information on all Louisiana Section ARES members is being
inputted into the system by Ken Bailey, Emergency Preparedness Assistant
at the ARRL in Newington. Give him a few weeks to complete this task.
Additional information to follow during this period of transition to the
new system. Hope to see you soon at the 2019 Hamfests! James M. Coleman
AI5B Louisiana SEC
Parting Shots Just like death and taxes it is once again time to pay
dues. Last year we amended the Bylaws and set dues at $25 per person per
year. Thanks to those who have already paid in via the PayPal link on
our website. We have been making some improvements to the club so we
need your money! At least this year it will be tax deductible as we have
filed our paperwork for our 501c3. Once filed, the organization is
considered a charity (unless the application is rejected). There have
been some YUUGE breaks for the Club recently. Come to the meeting and
find out what they are! Sorry, no, we don’t have the new repeater yet
but will hopefully have an update on that news 73’s de N5EKF …-.-
Volume 59, Number 01 ACADIANA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOC., INC
This month’s general meeting was held in conjunction with the club’s
annual Christmas Banquet. It was held at the Golden Corral restaurant
with approximately 40 people in attendance. Club President Chris Ancelet
N5MCY conducted the meeting and congratulated everyone on a successful
year of club activities and thanked them for their support. Among those
activities were the annual hamfest, support for the Tour de Teche canoe
race, and the Tabasco Sauce Anniversary and Veterans Day Special Events.
Chris also encouraged all members to be extra safe while conducting
holiday activities and particularly while traveling during the holidays.
Drawings were held for various door prizes that were donated by the
club. Door prize winners were: James Romero – K5CNU, Brandon Stelly –
KG5LQM, Melissa Cearley – W5MLC and Michael Cavell – KI5ARX. Prepared by
Cecil Harper W5CQG / WR5Y – Silent Key I just saw this post by Mark
Hargrove this morning: posted Dec.7, 2018 It’s with great regret I
have received word that Cecil Harper has passed away. He was a good
friend that always had a smile and a story to tell. He was a ham and
gave a lot to the hobby. He was also very active in his church as well.
He will be missed. RIP Mr. Cecil Harper Even though Cecil had been sick
he did his best to help all he could with ARES not only in Region 6 but
statewide. Cecil will be missed. He had recently changed his call from
W5CQG to WR5Y. Funeral arrangements are pending. John Mark Robertson
K5JMR LA Section Manager
Below is from Cecil Harper’s QRZ.COM Biography page:
I am 73 years ‘young’ and have been licensed for 39 years. I am also
retired from the Louisiana State Prison System. I was born and raised in
Port Neches, Texas and graduated from Carlsbad High School in New
Mexico. I worked at the Port Arthur, Texas Texaco Refinery for 13 years
and transferred to Louisiana with Texaco. In 1986 I started working for
the prison system where I later retired in 2004. I moved back to Texas
and presently live here on Toledo Bend lake about 60 miles north of
Jasper, Texas. I have been the Emergency Coordinator for Sabine Parish,
Louisiana for the past ten years. That sure is an experience, but things
seem to be going fine. I hope and pray it stays that way. I am a Member
of the A.R.R.L. (for 38 years) as well as a LIFE member, also a member
of the Gulf States Hurricane Net on 3.935 MHz, and Gulf Coast Single
Side-Band Net 3.925 MHz. as well as a Member of the Delta Side-Band Net
3.905 MHz. and the 3.957 MHz. Group. I belong to the Baton Rouge Amateur
Radio Club, a Member of the W.C.L.A.R.C of Leesville and a Member of the
A.R.C.S in Many, La. I am also on D-STAR (48-B). We have a net on
Tuesday nights (7:30 local). Feel free to join us. Around 5:30 am you
most likely will find me on 3.957 Mhz. I’m usually there for about an
hour. We have a good group of very nice people on the frequency from
Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas.
Now what?? by Joseph “Moe” Meaux
Keeping your ham radio and other equipment operational is extremely
important in a bug-out or portable situation. How long can your
equipment stay running in an emergency? Do you have a mobile unit
attached in your vehicle? How long can it run for if you run out of
fuel? If the electricity is not working because of a natural disaster,
how will you charge batteries? The one answer to this is Solar Power and
Storage. People have been talking about Solar Power for their houses and
businesses. Free energy from the sun that they can use, store, and even
sell back to the power companies. But most of these systems are
expensive, heavy, and stationary. Since Solar Panels came onto the
market about 1950, Eco-friendly people have been after them. Some states
even provide enough tax credit back to make the systems pay for
themselves with 5 or 6 years. Even our government is providing grants to
help pay for them. But they still have the problems with weight and
portability. Recently the thin-film flexible solar panel have come onto
the market. Now you can purchase a flexible, foldable panel that will
provide you the electricity you need to operate your equipment. The
price on these continue to go down, but for some they are still too
expensive. But they are cheaper than adding solar power to your house.
There is a YouTube channel by Julian OH8STN which deals with being
prepared for an emergency situation. It can be found at Survival Tech
North and does a good job of trying to explain what is needed for
emergencies. Being in Finland allows him to test equipment and
atmospheric conditions in some harsh weather. No one pays him to do it.
He tests what he buys. And what he makes. Julian packs his own equipment
in his backpack or on his sled to go out in the wild to work the bands.
Watching his videos and reading his blog teaches you a lot about
portable ham radio.
January 31 is the Deadline to Submit ARRL Foundation Scholarship
Applications from ARRL.org 12-28-2018 The ARRL Foundation Scholarship
program will accept applications from eligible applicants until January
31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many
scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of
study, ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants
should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are
eligible. More information is on the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program
page. This year, the Foundation Board of Directors is offering several
new scholarships. These include The Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C.
Miller STEM Scholarship, The East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS)
Scholarship, The Palomar Amateur Radio Club Scholarship, and The Dick
Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship
AARA Monday Night 2 Meter Net Rotation
http://www.w5ddl.org/clubsite/news/htm 35 Beginning January 1, 2018, the
net will not rotate between repeaters but the Net Controllers will
rotate each week and held on the 146.820 W5DDL repeater only. In case of
a repeater failure, the alternate receiver will be the W5EXI repeater.
The January 2019 schedule can be downloaded and printed in Adobe Acrobat
.PDF from the club website.
REGION 4 SKYWARN NET Each Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (local), the Region 4
SkyWarn Net will take place on the 145.370 SkyWarn repeater in
Lafayette. Net Control Operators will alternate each week. In case the
145.370 repeater fails, the net will be held on the 146.820 W5DDL
repeater PL Tone 103.5. The January 2019 schedule can be found at this
link: http://www.w5ddl.org/clubsite/news/htm When using the SkyWarn
145.370 repeater, be sure to use the receiver PL Tone for your area as
follows: NW Quadrant 114.8 – NE Quadrant 127.3 – SW Quadrant 141.3 – SE
Quadrant 94.8 – Central 103.5.
UPCOMING EVENTS 59th Acadiana Hamfest 2019 March 8th Friday & 9th
Saturday Rayne, LA
Pronto Pups – Corn Dogs 1 lb. Hot dogs 4 Cups Vegetable Oil ½ Cup
Flour ½ Cup Cornmeal 1 tsp. Baking Powder ½ tsp. Salt ½ tsp. Sugar 1
Tbs. cold Vegetable Shortening 1/3 Cup Milk 1 Egg 8 – 10 Wooden
Skewers Cornstarch for dusting Bring 3 cups of water to boiling in a
large saucepan. Add hot dogs and bring back to boiling. Remove from
heat; cover 20 minutes. Pour enough oil to a 2-inch depth in a skillet
and heat to 375°F or use your deep fryer. Combine flour, cornmeal,
baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium-size bowl and blend with a
fork. Add shortening and cut-in with a fork until the size of small
peas. Combine milk and egg in a 1- cup measure. Stir into flour-cornmeal
mixture. Pour mixture into a tall glass. Remove hot dogs from water and
dry with paper towels. Insert skewer into the hot dog, and be sure to
leave a “handle”. Dust hot dog in cornstarch and dip hot dog into
batter; let excess batter drip into glass. Drop into hot fat and fry for
2 minutes, or until golden brown. Fry only two at a time. Serve with
yellow, prepared mustard.
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03/08/2019 | Louisiana State Convention, 59th Acadiana Hamfest
Location: Rayne, LA
Sponsor: Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc.
11/02/2019 | Greater New Orleans Ham Fest
Location: Harahan, LA
Sponsor: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group
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Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR